Join me for a ride along the length of my late and very sadly missed friend’s home layout, ‘The Bolton Junction Railway’. Based on LMS operations in 1937, the layout was effectively a continuous run oval with two branch lines. Twelve coach long-distance mainline expresses rattled around the loop, whilst shorter local services and semi-fasts plied between the two terminal stations. The grimy urban characters of the termini contrasted sharply with the superbly modeled rural idyll through which the mainline ran. The through station was flanked on both sides by delightful valleys, each spanned by impressive viaducts. I hope you’ll agree that this was indeed a wonderful layout. Although partly dismantled following my friend’s passing, the layout has been relocated to a new home and we hope that, one day, it might be restored to its previous grandeur.